Training vs. Exercising: The Key Difference Stopping You From Acheiving Your Goals

A big thank you to Josie Kay Fit for inspiring this blog post. She posted an Instagram post about this topic. I found the discussion quite interesting and have decided to create my own take on the topic! Training and Exercising seem to be words that are used quite interchangeably. However, there are key differences between the two. These key differences could also be the reason that you aren’t seeing progress. What’s the difference you may ask? Well let’s break it down: Exercising Whether your doctor told you to increase your exercise frequency, you hopped on the New Year’s Resolution workout train, or are just getting older and…

The Introvert's Survival Guide to Socializing

The Introvert’s Survival Guide to Socializing

Being a personal trainer and an introvert can be tough sometimes. I practically socialize with people for my whole 8-hour work shift. Trust me, some days I would rather be sitting in a dark, quiet room reading a book than yelling out how many burpees my client should be doing. I also tend to wear my emotions on my face, so if I am not feeling great that day, being a motivated and happy trainer can be a challenge.  But let’s face it, I and you (I know you are an introvert because you are reading this article, duh) can’t just live in our cave playing video games…

Everything You Need to Know About Personal Trainers

Everything You Need to Know About Personal Trainers

As a certified personal trainer myself, I often get pawned as the “one stop shop” for health and wellness.  “You can help with my knee issue right?” “Oh! I really need a diet plan–especially since I have diabetes!” “I can’t lift my shoulder above my head, but I haven’t seen the doctor yet–can you help?” Trainers, including myself, hear comments like these a couple of times a day. This a growing issue because the general public is not informed on what a personal trainer actually does, and how to actually utilize one.  So today, I am here to inform you of what a Personal Trainer does and how…

Are You Overtraining?: When Too Much Of A Good Thing Becomes Bad

Everytime you hear things about working out, you usually hear that you should be doing it more. “Make sure to push for that weight!”, or “add that extra workout class in!” To be completely honest, a good chunk of people should be working out more and aren’t moving as much as they should. However the two common mistakes in clients I seen in this area is:  Exercising too much without enough recovery Underfueling your body (whether that be with not enough food or not enough nutrient-dense food) Do you fall into one or both of these categories? You may be at risk of overtraining. The truth of the matter…

Meal Timing Methods: The Best Time to Eat For Results

You always hear things about eating at the “best time”. Is there any truth to these proposed perfect eating times? That’s what we will be looking at today-Meal Timing Methods. You may see a lot of methods that are “scientifically proven”. Overall, when looking at something that is “scientifically proven” keep a couple of things in mind: Look at the study itself. How large was the study? Small samples often lead to inaccurate results. Was the study an accurate representation of the population (i.e. not just all white males, or overweight females, etc.)? Correlation is not causation. Just because the study produced a certain result, was it due…

Supplements and Fitness: What Supplements Do You ACTUALLY Need?

The wonderful world of supplements. Bright colors, great tastes, and promises of quick and immediate results. BUT,  if supplements are so great– why aren’t we all in super model shape? Something doesn’t add up.  Honestly, supplements do exactly what they say–they will SUPPLEMENT your normal health regimen. Ever wonder why fad diets and workouts have a little asterisk at the bottom of the screen? In microscopic print it usually reads something like *Results achieved through a comprehensive diet and fitness program* Yeah, well there you go. How much of the work were the products actually doing? Well, I’ll leave that for you to figure out.  Please note, that…

Things I Wish I Had Known on My Trip to Seattle, Washington

Our trip to Seattle was a bit of a spontaneous one. We have a goal of going on a major trip every 3 months or so just to stay sane. Especially in the dead of winter, we were getting cabin fever! The cheapest and coolest option was Seattle, Washington! I hadn’t given the city much thought, aside from the fact that they had the Space Needle and it rained a lot. Other than that, I was clueless. I was personally a bit nervous because of the time of year (February), I never really have traveled somewhere when it was cold. I didn’t know what to expect. My experience…

Stress: Why Having It In Your Life Is Actually A Good Thing

Stress: Why Having It In Your Life Is Actually A Good Thing

When we hear the word stress we associate it with negative things. But what if I told you that having some sort of stressor is actually a good thing? The Stress Continuum Picture your stress on a scale (Very similar to the dial method of fitness!). On one end of the spectrum is very little or no stress. You may think this is the place to live right? Wrong. Having little to no stressors in your life leads to a life of laziness. You have nothing to be worried about, so why bother doing anything? You can just sit on the couch. Watch some TV. Do things that…

The Secret to Sticking to Your Fitness Goals: It's Not All Black and White

The Secret to Sticking to Your Fitness Goals: It’s Not All Black and White

Around this time of year in January, everyone and their mother wants to start that New Year’s Resolution to be healthy (yay you!). You get started with a super clean diet and you go to the gym at least 5 days a week and you. are. crushing it. Then by March, (or even sooner) you find yourself slipping back into your old habits. Why do we do this? What is preventing us from sticking to our fitness goals and resolutions? I will tell you why. The answer is: we look at our goals as black and white.  The Dial Method We all know that life isn’t as simple as…

Taking A Weekly Self Care Night: How To Do It Right

Taking A Weekly Self Care Night: How To Do It Right

You are busy. Work is tiring. By the time you get home, clean and cook dinner, all you want to do is sit and stare at the wall. I get it. I think what you need is just ONE measely night out of the week, for maybe an hour or two, to focus on YOU. A self care night, yes. Something to look forward to. Now, I’m not one to prance around and tell you to go buy 100 bath bombs and face masks and have a glass a wine (unless, of course, you want to do that!). How you create this mini-girl night for yourself is up…

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